Meet the Author

[Image Description: Featured image is a vertical picture of Zach in a green jacket with dark blue jeans and hiking shoes leaned against a tree in a wooded area in autumn. The tree is sparsely covered in brown leaves and the ground is littered with leaves as well. There is a fog in the background] … Continue reading Meet the Author

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The Role of Values in Recovery

[Image description: Featured image is in a bright white room with high ceilings and a tall window. Plants frame the room. A woman sits in the window, while her friends sit below her on a white shag carpet, a couch, and chair, around a black table] CN: Contains descriptions of disordered thinking and suicide/suicidal ideation … Continue reading The Role of Values in Recovery

The Importance of Community

There is an American ideal and mentality of "everybody for themselves," "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps," etc. This mentality convinces us that we should be able to do all things on our own, that we should be able to pull ourselves out of dark or desperate times in isolation, that reliance on others or … Continue reading The Importance of Community

The Power of Medical Transition

A year ago today, I was waking up from the surgery that changed my life, and was one of the single most important moments in my recovery. A year ago today, I finally began to feel at home in my body, as I shed one of the last visible signifiers of my assigned gender at … Continue reading The Power of Medical Transition

The Power of Humor

One of the things that we can lose when hit hard by mental health issues is our ability to laugh, to find humor in the world around us, and even ourselves. Humor is a powerful coping tool. And when we lose our ability to utilize that coping tool, life can become that much harder. For … Continue reading The Power of Humor

Transition, Loss, and Recovery

The decision to transition rather than staying in the closet carries both joy and pain. While relieving burdens, and bringing joy and lightness into our lives, we are also faced with the loss of relationships, discrimination in the workplace, businesses, and other areas of our lives, and microaggressions from those who don't understand, and perhaps … Continue reading Transition, Loss, and Recovery

The Decision to Become a Therapist

CN: mentions of suicidal ideation, self-injurious ideation, abuse, trauma When I first went back to therapy in spring of 2015, one of the things I had to do was gather resources from other mental health professionals that I had seen. As I was going through old files, I found the results from a 20 questions … Continue reading The Decision to Become a Therapist